Download e-book for iPad: Sacred Leaves of Candomblé: African Magic, Medicine, and by Robert A. Voeks

By Robert A. Voeks

Candomblé, an African spiritual and therapeutic culture that unfold to Brazil in the course of the slave alternate, is predicated seriously at the use of crops in its non secular and medicinal practices. while its African adherents have been forcibly transplanted to the hot global, they confronted the problem not just of keeping their tradition and ideology within the face of ecu domination but additionally of discovering vegetation with comparable houses to those they'd utilized in Africa.This e-book strains the starting place, diffusion, medicinal use, and that means of Candomblé's therapeutic pharmacopoeia—the sacred leaves. Robert Voeks examines such themes because the biogeography of Africa and Brazil, the transference—and transformation—of Candomblé as its adherents encountered either local South American trust structures and ecu Christianity, and the African method of medicinal plant class that allowed Candomblé to outlive or even thrive within the New international. This learn casts new gentle on subject matters starting from the production of African American cultures to tropical rain woodland therapeutic floras.

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